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A woman examines jewelry at a vendorís table at a recent Natural Living Expo in Sturbridge. This yearís event is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. (click for larger version)
September 22, 2010
STURBRIDGE — This weekend you can find information on healthy eating, learn how your body can heal itself, get an intuitive reading and listen to renowned speakers on holistic living all in one place.

Spirit of Change magazine is holding its fourth annual Natural Living Expo Sept. 25-26 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of admission is $10 and children under 12 may enter for free.

The expo is New England's largest holistic event, with two exhibit halls featuring 135 exhibits offering alternative health information, products and services, healing therapies, fair trade and green shopping, healthy food vendors and cooking demos.

"Everyone is interested in better health and being less dependent on Western medicine and pharmaceutical drugs," said Carol Bedrosian, publisher of Spirit of Change. "Come and find out what it holistic living is about and how your body can heal itself."

The expo began four years ago as a way for the magazine to celebrate 20 years of publication, explained Expo Director Michella Bedrosian. When it was over, attendees expressed interest in a repeat event and the magazine leaders decided to listen. Last year it drew in about 5,200 people.

"The first event was such a huge success we made it an annual event based on demands from those who came and the people with exhibits," Michella said. "Normally you don't get all of this information in one place and people liked it."

Along with the booths with information on alternative medicines, psychic readings, crystal healing and other holistic medicines, the expo will feature keynote speakers who will speak on a variety of topics.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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